Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 Things to Smile About September

Wow the last Tuesday of September happens to be the last day of the month, that works out very nicely when you're talking about EmmyMom's 10 Things to Smile About {Month}.

1. So I've been back to reposting our story, but let me tell you that I've actually been writing new stuff for when I get there!
2. Labor Day Weekend

3. My husband and I celebrated our 4 year Anniversary

4. My husband, Peanut, Tbug and Memaw (MIL) headed to Mermet Springs to Scuba Dive for a weekend. And now we can laugh about our hotel experience

5. We took my parents for Pizza at Marshiano's Olde Time Pizza.

6. I remembered to do my Time in my Life

7. My dad and Tbug had deep conversations about Coke vs Pepsi

8. Tbug is hilarious!! I just love that girl! And luckily she loves her little sister.

9. Baby girl turned 3 month's old and while it makes me sad, it makes me happy too. And we reviewed Baby Girls 2 month photos

10. And yey I got my camera bag! And I happened to read about 2 other gals who have the same camera bag. (Tiffany) (Beth a-dilly) See it's love :).

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Camera Bag

Since I got my first dSLR in 2009 I've wanted a certain kind of camera bag, but to be honest with you I wasn't totally sure what I wanted. My original camera bag came from I can't even tell you but it was black with pink lining. It was okay and I thought I wanted it... but... eventually I wanted something different.

A friend of mine sells Thirty One and I saw that they had a cute camera bag so I went that route.

So it was okay but again, not quite what I was looking for. I must be picky... So I really wanted a purse like camera bag but didn't find one I liked so I bought a purse last summer and tried to make a camera holder. Hmmm... still not what I was looking for so I kept on the search.

So earlier this summer I saw the Kelly Moore A Beautiful Mess Bag and thought that's what I wanted. I saved my money up and we purchased it. We as in hubby got it for me because I was debating... and debating... and debating...

Let me say, GORGEOUS bag but it wasn't what I thought I wanted so I contacted them about exchanging it. And then I need to scream from the roof top because I got my Camera bag in the mail and ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. IT!

Let's just say I'm happy! Holy cow and they are awesome to deal with, especially if you have to exchange! Wow. So anyway I got the 2 Sues in Orange Sherbet. What's cool was yesterday morning I was carrying my bag and a gal was behind me with the Indigo and we both can tell you, we Love this bag! Yup, we had a small conversation about it. Don't worry, I took the papers off the zippers since then and put my stuff in it!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Saturday Post {68}

Top 5 Posts of the Week
1. Deep Conversations

2. 2 Month Photos

3. More Deep Conversations

4. How to: Make a Korker Bow

5. About That Time I was Thrown out of a Hotel at 2am

This Weeks Posts
Repost - Our Story Part 7
Deep Conversations
More Deep Conversations
How to: Make a Korker Bow
School makes you think...
2 Month Photos
The Peanut Post - Month 3

Blast from the Past
2013 - Hmmm... there wasn't one
2012 - Fun Tips
           I found the Culprit
2011 - Love to Last a Lifetime
2010 - Honeymoon Day 1

Recipes made from the Blog This Week

Instagram Lately

Week's Happenings
++We watched The Neighbors... Interesting.
++My camera bag came in this week!
++I had my first baby poop on me this week... yikes!
++Grandma made us BBQ Chicken for dinner Monday night.
++We thought we had the stupid tractor fixed.... wrong. Story coming soon...

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Peanut Post - Month 3

You had your 2 month appointment a week after you were 2 months. At that point you were 22 3/4 inches long. 11lbs 5.25oz. I should go in and weigh myself with you and without you and get a rough weight since that was about a month ago.

For the most party we're still wearing 0-3 although you have started outgrowing some of those so your daddy moved you up to 3 month although some of them are still way big on you. You even have a few NB that still fit. It's funny how sizes are all over the place truthfully. As for diapers, your daddy thought we should move you up to size 2 but I'm still thinking they are a bit big.

You have a nightly routine of shower, feed, bed. If we get off of that you get cranky. You also have been fighting sleep, mainly during the day and when you're fighting you get extra cranky. Some days you nap most of the day and other days you don't hardly sleep at all. You typically go to bed between 9-11 at night and sleep until around 5. At 5am sometimes you need to eat, other times you need the binky fink and you go right back to sleep for a few hours. There's not a whole lot of consistency yet... We're working on that.

You absolutely love to kick your legs. You've also started working on trying to clasp your hands. Not quite there but you're working on it. You have a beautiful smile and you use it but definitely not enough. I can't get enough of it though and I keep taking pictures because here in a few short months that precious gummy smile will be gone and those teeth will start appearing. Some days when you get cranky you have to go sit outside or go for walks and that will cheer you right up. You are a snuggle bug and love to snuggle with whoever will snuggle with you.

Mommy tries to keep you on your eating schedule but everyone else gets you off of it... Oh well, maybe that's not the best anyway. You're eating 4-8oz per feeding, it depends on how hungry you are :). You definitely aren't afraid to let us know when you are hungry.

Some days I think you're going to have blonde hair. Some days I think you're going to have red hair. Some days I think you're going to have light brown hair. So... I'm not sure what color hair you are going to have at this point. Your eyes are still blue. Your eyebrows and eyelashes tend to be more toward the blonde to strawberry blonde colors.

You love to sit up.
You like your elephant toy.
You love the outdoors whether it's walks or just sitting outdoors.
You still like your sleep sacks.
You like your Bumbo chair
You prefer mommy and daddy's bed to your own.

Oh goodness, you HATE having your nails clipped!
You don't like being cold.
You don't like tummy time.
You don't like getting stuck at red lights when in the car.

We've been working on sitting up. You now sit in your bumbo seat and love it. You've also been working on clasping your hands together. We're getting closer.

On mommy and daddy's bed you have rolled over a few times, but not on a hard surface yet.

Mommy got pooped on for the first time, just this week. I struggled not to freak out... not gonna lie. Mommy isn't a morning person and doesn't really like to lose out on sleep but you smile at me in the middle of the night and all that goes away and I'm happy to be up with you. I do like when we sleep in in the mornings to make up for it, at least when we get the opportunity. Mommy loves holidays but this fall she's even more excited about the upcoming holidays and can't wait to spend them with you even though you won't remember them. Don't worry, there will be pictures!

Daddy still loves his baby girl. He is wrapped around her little fingers. He calls you his beautiful little stinker :).

You spend most Monday with Grandma J since mommy has been at school. You help her make dinner for mommy and daddy. You guys sing and sit outside and do the crossword puzzles.


Dear baby girl,

You're growing up way to fast. Slow down and enjoy these baby moments! Mommy about has a break down every time you out grow an outfit. I do have to admit that it was hilarious that you tried on boots this week and you weren't sure what to do with them on. You finally kicked them off and it was cute and funny. Just remember that mommy and daddy love you with all our heart. Tbug mother hens you so it's obvious she loves you too! Slow down and don't grow up too fast!


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

2 Month Photos

A Portrait

New Mannerisms



Bath Time

Squeaky Clean-Baby

Favorite Toy

A New Trick

A Picture with Mom

A Picture with Dad

First Shots (not including the shots in the hospital...)

New Experience

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

School makes you think...

I come to you almost with what feels like a heavy heart. I'm struggling after class tonight. Recently we've been discussing different theories on how to analyze literature. The first week we covered New Criticism. I didn't care for that although it was interesting, especially after we put it to use and actually saw how it works.

The next theory we discussed was Psychoanalytical theory. This is pretty crazy. It focuses on the writer and what they were going through basically. It was interesting as well.

So tonight we started Reader-Response Criticism. But at the end of the hour we revisited Psychoanalytical Theory.

When we did Dr. Carlson talked about a study that she read. The study basically said that people aren't forming intimate relationships anymore or we're getting away from it more and more. And no I'm not talking intimate as in sex, just being able to sit in a room and actually talk with each other. The study I guess said something about put 2 people of the youth generation in a room together and they can't speak to each other, but they can text to each other.

They don't like that lack of control. In texting you can turn it off or decide not to answer someone when they talk to you. Then we decided that our class, the oldest is probably 40, then a 35 and everyone else is probably 30 or younger (just guessing although I'm 31, I didn't say that...) but we kind were the first group to grow up texting and the youth generation don't know any different.

That makes me sad. I like to sit down and talk to people but I've noticed and I'm guilty of it too, but I've noticed that when I'm talking to people, if they get a text they'll read/answer it while I'm trying to talk to them. It drives me nuts. And like I said, I'm guilty of it too so I'm not bad mouthing anyone because if I was I'd be either a) bad mouthing myself or b) being a hypocrite. Maybe I'm both... who knows.

Then we were talking about how the youth won't form those intimate relationships. Also we discussed that when little kids come up and try to get your attention, parents have a tendency to stay glued to their phone and tell the kid in a minute or go away or whatever. And that shuts kids down after a while if that always happens to them. They think why put out the effort, it's not going to get me anywhere anyway.

Now Dr. Carlson did clarify that her generation was just as bad just by different means. Then we picked on her because of something she said earlier in the evening. (she said put cocaine in their neck... we have no idea what that means and neither did she. She laughed...)

And... then we got off on talking about how people aren't afraid to say something behind a computer screen that they may not actually have the guts to say to your face. Sometimes people say things and you can't really tell the tone behind their message.

When you're analyzing text, literary texts generally have a lot of details that help paint a picture and usually you can decide eventually if someone is being heart felt or snarky... but on facebook and in text messages you don't always get that context of what they are saying. I know that's caused a lot of hurt feelings and fights in my life because my message is missing those details on how I really feel.

Then I found out that if people text and use punctuation that is basically like them yelling at you. Wait, what? I like punctuation. I like words spelled correctly versus the n for in or and I'd prefer to spell out and or use the &. But that's just me.

Anyway it's 11:30 and I really should go to bed because baby girl will have me up at some random ridiculous hour but like I said, school makes you think.

How to: Make a Korker Bow

Every now and then I get a crafty bone in my body... and this summer I thought it would be really fun to make Peanut a bow to wear in her hair. I decided I wanted to make her a multi colored Korker Bow. So I thought I'd take pictures along the way to show you how I did it. Super simple!!

Ok so you'll need to get:
  • 3/8" Grosgrain ribbon. I went with multi colored but you can do it all as one if you'd like.
  • Wooden clothes pins or something to secure the ribbon when it goes in the oven
  • Alligator Clips (or barrettes, whatever you plan on securing the bow to)
  • Scissors
  • Dowel Rods
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fray Stop (optional)
  • Poptart Box (optional)
  • Oven
  • Water
  • Spray Starch (optional)
  • Yarn, elastic cord or embroidery thread.

So first you want to start wrapping one color of the ribbon around the dowel rod. You'll want to make 2-3 wraps on top of itself so that you can place a clothes in on that end to keep it secure to the dowel rod.

Secure the ribbon with the clothes pin and then start wrapping down the dowel rod at an angle.

Your ribbon will follow suit to the angle and stack upon itself like pictured below.

Once you get to the other end of the dowel rod, make 2-3 wraps around the end, secure with the other clothes pin and then cut the ribbon off.

Once you have all your dowel rods wrapped with ribbon, take to your sink and soak them in water. that helps your clothes pins as well as your dowel rods from catching fire in the oven. You know, precaution. At this point you can also use a light spray of starch if you want. I didn't but you can.

Place your dowel rods on a cookie sheet and place in a 250 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until the ribbon is dry. Then remove from the oven and let the ribbons and cookie sheet cool completely (otherwise they'll be extremely hot :) I knew you kept me here for Captain Obvious moments)

Once you have let the ribbons cool, start to unravel them from the dowel rods.

If you take the clothes pin off, the ribbon will actually stay now. Slowly start to unwind the ribbon off of the dowel rod.

As you can see the ribbon will hold the shape of the dowel rod as you remove it.

Measure out the length you'd like your ribbons. Mine are 3" long. I measured one of the ribbons and then used it as a guide to cut the rest of the ribbons. They may not all be exact but it does help in the shape of the final bow if there is a bit of difference anyway. Or if you have to have them all the same, then make sure to measure all as you cut them off.

Here is where you apply the Fray stop to your ends. I actually had the Fray stop as you can sort of see in the background but I didn't actually use it on this particular ribbon.

Here is where the Poptart box comes in handy, although I didn't have one. The thing about the Poptart boxes is they are about 3" wide or deep, whichever you want to call it. How convenient is that? So what you would do is cut the box in half from top to bottom. Then down each side cut a small slit so that you can drape your string between the two slits.

I didn't have a Poptart box so I just laid my elastic cord out. Hind sight lets me know next time I'll use embroidery thread, I think...

So then you start laying your ribbons in the middle down on the cord in the patter you want them placed in. The poptart box also helps with being able to stack and keep them stacked upon themselves, again I didn't have one so I made due.

Since mine wouldn't stay stacked, I placed them out lengthwise and then when I went to tie it off, I helped them stack up upon themselves.

Then you tie the ribbons off.

Make sure you tie them extra tight. Now some people prefer to sew them but I chose to tie off because it was easier for me.

Once you have it tied off, then you want to pull your ribbons out to fluff up your bow. The more ribbons you have, the fluffier your bow will be. The less ribbons, the less fluffy. I know another captain obvious moment, right?

Next you want to take your glue gun and some ribbon and cover your Alligator Clip (or whatever you're going to secure the bow to). This just makes a prettier presentation.

Finally you are ready to hot glue (or craft glue I guess you could use) the ribbon to the Alligator clip.

Hold it firmly until the glue has a chance to take hold and actually help the bow stick to the clip.

Since I used an Alligator clip I was able to attach it to a headband and baby girl was able to wear it now. See it was easy. It took probably oh, less than an hour with the baking and cooling. But how cute is that? I did the multi colors because she can wear it with multiple outfits. And there we have it, the Finished Korker Bow.


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